Growing up, I would drive my mom crazy with how messy and chaotic my bedroom was. I was so busy doing and pursuing all of the things loved that I rarely took the time to keep my space in order. When I became a mom, I quickly understood how my inattention to the upkeep of my space could drive my mom crazy and I learned how important maintaining a beautiful and peaceful home environment is to mine (and your) overall wellbeing.
Studies have shown that visual beauty can have profound effects on the mental and physical state of an individual, these may include:
· Reduction in anxiety
· Easing muscle tension
· Lowering blood pressure
· Boosting the immune system
· Elevating contentment
The outside world can be rough, stressful and even really ugly. Whether you spend a lot of time in your home or not, it makes sense that you should make an effort to create tranquil and visually uplifting surroundings in the places where you dwell to help you maintain balance and keep your joy.
Like you, I would love to wave my magic wand and have an amazing designer come into my home and work magic a’la Fixer Upper style. Sadly, this is not the case for most of us. However, there are a few very simple, low exertion, and low-cost steps we can take right away to achieve the results we desire for a peaceful home.
Here are 10 Steps you can take now to help to you create a peaceful home environment:
Make your bed... everyday
This may sound basic, but it’s a surprisingly simple task that can make a world of difference in how you feel about the productivity of your day. Making your bed can change your mentality in two different ways: 1) you won’t want to go back to sleep because once it’s neat, you won’t want to mess it up; 2) while you’re making your bed, you’ve already made up your mind to start the day
Keep things picked up
Like #1, this may seem ridiculously simplistic, but an uncluttered room lends to an uncluttered mind. If I see something on the ground, I make myself stop to pick it up immediately, even if I don’t feel like it. Eat that elephant one bite at a time, dear friend.
Grow some greenery
The color green has a calming, healing effect on the mind and body. Nature is one of the greatest anxiety relievers available to us. Even if you have a ‘black thumb’, there are houseplants that are almost impossible to kill. I always have a few of these thriving around the house at any given time. You can pick these up at the grocery store for around $5.00, and can even grow new plants in water from the cuttings. Elevate your happy a little more by planning them in pots that make you smile.
Let the sunshine in
Open the shades every day! Let as much natural light into your rooms as possible. The mood of an entire space (as well as your own) can be lifted by light streaming through the windows.
Create a space for stress relief activities
One of the challenges of maintaining stress-relieving habits is that we get busy and let other activities in our lives come first. If we build in a physical space for our stress-soothing habits, we have a physical reminder, as well as a facilitator, to help us maintain the motivation to keep these habits in our lives.
Pare down, organize, and decorate
These are the classic activities people think of when they think of home makeovers. Getting rid of clutter can help you plug up energy drains all over your home. Organizing your things can help you to know where everything is, and have a place to put everything in your home so that clean up goes very quickly. Decorating, using colors and themes that truly speak to you, can help you feel relaxed and energized at the same time as you look around and take in the beauty, order, and style of your home.
Love your walls
If possible, and if desired, paint the room a different color. This is one of the least expensive home improvements you can achieve. Find a painting or photograph that elicits a positive reaction inside of you, and let your eyes take it in whenever you need an emotional pick me up.
Because aromatherapy is getting a lot of buzz these days, it's easy to find products that provide a wonderful, soothing scent for a room. And the hype isn't unwarranted; Research shows that there are real stress relief benefits to its use. Aromatherapy can help create a peaceful home that subtly offers passive stress relief, making it a recommended element of a peaceful home.
Music is another of those wonderful stress relievers that, like aromatherapy, offers passive stress relief, can energize or relax you (depending on the type you use), and can offer benefits that are better than you might imagine. Incorporating music into the background can help contribute to a peaceful home environment--it's a great way to relieve the stress of those you're with, and relieve your own stress at the same time, without much effort. I find I love listening to music while I cook and we all enjoy when I play music softly in the background while we eat meals together as a family.
Don’t forget to use some of the above examples on your outside living areas as well. Outdoor rugs, small little side tables, and cafe lights are just a few items you can use to decorate these spaces inexpensively but with big impact.
Beautiful friend, creating a physical environment around you that encourages peace of mind can be achieved with little to no cost, and can go a long way in helping you achieve your goals of not letting the chaos and gloom of the outside world work its way into your home. What steps will you take first to begin to create your home sanctuary? I’d love to hear all about it in a comment below…